Night Sweats

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Menopause is often an unpleasant time for many women, but night sweats can really be the cherry on the cake for some of us. It's hard enough to get to sleep in the first place, and then to be woken up, gasping for breath and drenched in sweat is enough to push us over the edge. Often, bedding and nightwear need to be changed, further disrupting our sleep, and that of ours spouses too.

Night sweats are often simply a manifestation of the hot flash while you're sleeping. So the same supplements that will help your hot flashes, and your other menopausal symptoms, will also relieve your night sweats. However, heavy sweating at night can be a symptom of several serious conditions, so you should never neglect to have this checked out thoroughly by a medical doctor.

Alleviating Night Sweats

The standard steps can be taken to alleviate the effects of night sweats. This may include using cotton or other natural fiber bedding, and making sure your room is properly ventilated at night. Don't have the temperature too low though, or you could end up with a chill. Keep water next to your bed so that you can reach for it whenever you get the urge. Cool water does help. Also, a small towel might help for a quick dry up if the night sweat is not too serious.

If you regularly need to change your bedding, have everything ready and standing nearby so that you don't need to interrupt your sleep any more than is necessary. This would apply particularly if you share your bed with your partner! Don't forget to check out herbal remedies for night sweats. There are many that might help.


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